Definition of unstop in US English:


verbunstopping, unstops, unstopped

[with object]
  • 1Free (something) from obstruction.

    ‘he must unstop the sink’
    • ‘The horrors of apartheid flowed through them-but now the mask is off, and stories flow ‘like water from an unstopped faucet.’’
    • ‘‘Well, he likes to talk a good game,’ he replied, his rolling voice picked by staccato clearings of his throat; it was like an unstopped faucet and had to be cleared frequently.’
    • ‘This means that the tenant must clean the premises, mend the electric light if it is fused, unstop blocked sinks and generally do the little jobs about the place which a reasonable tenant would do.’
    • ‘Divination is an even more straightforward transaction; like paying a plumber for unstopping a sink, we pay a reader for forecasting events.’
    • ‘Returning as was her wont, she then commanded the same child that had stopped the hole to unstop it, whereupon the lad regained his sight.’
    1. 1.1 Remove the stopper from (a bottle or other container).
      • ‘‘Those were not normal bats,’ she spoke as she unstopped an elixir and drained it.’
      • ‘Christina unstopped the small bottle and read the label.’
      • ‘She saw a flask hovering to one side and reached for it weakly, finding that it was already unstopped.’
      • ‘‘Good afternoon highness,’ the maid briskly said as she unstopped one of the bottles and lifted the tumbler.’’
      • ‘Most of the bottles had come unstopped, and there was now a large, pungent puddle on the carpet.’
      • ‘In this procedure each bone was put in an unstopped vial filled with deionized water and all air removed.’
      unblock, unclog
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